Japan Business Seminar

JETRO held a Japan Business Seminar in cooperation with the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade & Development and other supporting organizations. Speakers from Canadian companies and Japanese organizations explained about the current situation in Japan, talked about the experience of Canadian companies entering the Japanese market and outlined the services available to support Canadian companies.

March 3rd, 2015
9:30 am - 1:00 pm
(registration 9:00 am)

Hilton Hotel (Toronto 1 Ballroom)
145 Richmond Street West,
Toronto, ON M5H 2L2

- Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO)
- Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade & Development (DFATD)

Supporting Organizations:
- Ontario Government
- Canadian Chamber of Commerce (CCC)
- Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME)
- Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada
- Japan Society

Japan Business Seminar Agenda

9:00 – 9:30 am:
Registration / Networking

MC: Sue Rauth, Deputy Director, Ontario Regional Office, DFATD

9:30 – 9:35 am:
Opening Remarks
Jim Feir, Director, Ontario Regional Office, Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD)

9:35 – 9:55 am:
Keynote Presentation: 'Japan's Re-emergence: Opportunities for Foreign Companies'
Tsuneyuki Kato, Executive Vice President, JETRO Tokyo

9:55 – 11:15 am:
Canadian Company Case-studies

- Manulife Financial
Paul Rooney, COO
Manulife entered the Japanese market in 1999 with a joint venture and later merger with Daihyaku. It is one of the largest Canadian investor in Japan with over 120 offices and 2,700 agents.
Manulife Presentation

Jacques Demers, Global Head, Investment Partners & Partnerships
In 2014, OMERS Strategic Investments signed a co-investment agreement with Japan's Government Pension Investment Fund (GPIF), the world's largest pension fund, and the Development Bank of Japan (DBJ).

- Redknee Solutions
Vishal Kothari, COO
One of the top software companies in Canada, Redknee entered the Japanese market in 2011 and has been utilizing JETRO’s Invest in Japan Business Support Centre services in Tokyo.
RedKnee Presentation

- Woodbridge Group
Hamdy Khalil, Senior Global Director for Advanced Technologies and Innovation
The Woodbridge Group is one of the most active Canadian auto parts companies in Japan through its joint venture initiatives with Japanese partner INOAC Corporation.
Woodbridge Presentation

11:15 – 11:35 am:
Outline of DBJ's Support for Canadian Companies Entering Japan
Hiroki Fuchiwaki, Deputy Chief Representative, Development Bank of Japan (DBJ) New York

11:35 – 11:55 am:
JETRO Programmes and Services
Kazuo Nakamura, Executive Director, JETRO Toronto
JETRO Presentation

11:55 am – 12:00 pm:
Closing Remarks
Yasunori Nakayama, Consul-General of Japan in Toronto

12:00 – 1:00 pm:
Networking Lunch

This event is free but pre-registration is required.
To register or for more information, please contact JETRO Toronto:
Tel: 416-861-0000 x202;
Email: tor@jetro.go.jp
Thank you for your interest but unfortunately the seminar is now full.

Japan Business Seminar Flyer

Newsletter (Mar2715)
This edition of JETRO Toronto's newsletter has a write-up of many of the presentations given at the seminar.